Lewes church's thanksgiving
26th June 2017
Dignitaries will gather for a special service as an ancient church gives thanks for the completion of a major restoration project.

The parish church of St Thomas a Becket in Lewes raised almost £60,000 to complete vital works. These included the complete overhaul of the county's second-oldest clock, repairs to a leaking roof, eradication of death-watch beetle which was threatening the structure, and reinstatement of the magnificent west window which was in danger of collapse.

On Thursday (6 July) the Rector of Lewes will conduct a special service of choral Evensong at the Cliffe church. "The date is significant since it is the eve of the anniversary of the translation of our church's patron, Thomas Becket", explains Churchwarden Trevor Butler. "The former Archbishop of Canterbury's relics were move from the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral to a new shrine at the East end of the cathedral on 7 July 1220, before being destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1538."

The Lewes church's Appeal was widely supported and the money raised to allow the building work to be completed on time and within budget.

Everyone is welcome at the celebration service which begins at 6pm.